Since the JBHP’s beginning in 1987, more than 35 young researchers have participated in monitoring Jumby Bay’s nesting hawksbill population.

Andrew Maurer, 2015 Field Director

Andy graduated from Eckerd College in Florida in 2012. He has worked a number of wildlife and marine science field technician positions including postings on the Gulf Coast, in the Florida Keys, and in Puerto Rico. The JBHP will be collaborating with Andy as he begins his graduate studies at North Carolina State University in January. His research will likely address how different types of vegetation on Pasture Beach impact hawksbill nesting.

Emma De Neef, 2015 Field Director

Emma is finishing her degree in Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences at the University of South Carolina in May, 2015. She has studied abroad in South Africa, Ecuador, and Mexico, and her undergraduate research project has involved studying the structure of critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle population in Mexico.

Megan Arias, 2014-2015 Field Director

We’re pleased to have Megan back with us in 2015! Megan graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 and worked with the JBHP in 2014 as a field director. She will be returning in late July to rejoin the team (replacing Emma) and will help Andy complete the 2015 season.

Robert Pagel, 2015 Field Assistant

Robert studied wildlife science at the University of Minnesota and graduated during 2014. He’s previously studied shorebirds and songbirds, and he’ll be with us as a field assistant for about a month during the peak of the nesting season.

Seth Stapleton, Director and Principal Investigator

Seth StapletonSeth served as a JBHP Field Director in 2004 and 2005 with his wife Carol Guy and has worked in a managerial capacity since 2007.  He completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota, spending his non-turtle time researching polar bears in the Canadian Arctic. Seth earned an MSc in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Georgia and BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William & Mary. He lived the life of the nomadic field technician for several years, gaining experience in a variety of taxa, and enjoys hanging with Carol and young sons Jonah and Leo, walking his dog, traipsing through the woods, and  traveling to far flung places when he’s not in the field.

Carol Guy, Communications Manager

Carol served as a JBHP Field Director in 2004 and 2005 with her husband Seth Stapleton. She continues to serve the project by supporting communications initiatives. She is a consultant in Hitachi Consulting’s Sustainability Practice, having earned an MEM in Environmental Economics from Duke University and BSFR in Wildlife from the University of Georgia. She loves looking for bugs with her two little guys, Jonah and Leo.




Kathryn Levasseur, Ph.D. Student, University of South Carolina

Kathryn LevasseurKate began her PhD program at USC in 2011 after serving as a field director from 2008 – 2011. Her research focuses on hawksbill conservation genetics, including identifying mother-daughter pairs at JB and evaluating fine-scale population structure. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology after earning a B.Sc. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology.  After traveling to South Africa for an ecology field course, she became increasingly interested in international conservation.  Prior to joining the JBHP, Kate traveled to Brazil where she studied the socio-economic and environmental changes in an artisanal fishing community.


Jepson Prince, Volunteer

Jepson PrinceJepson has been part of the JB Hawksbill Project research team for the past decade. He hails from the small village of Crab Hill on the beautiful island of Antigua, where he developed a great appreciation for the local wildlife from a very young age. Jepson is considered Jumby Bay’s resident naturalist, and is also involved with turtle research on the mainland through the Antigua Sea Turtle Conservation Project and the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). During the day, Jepson manages the nursery for the Jumby Bay Island Services landscaping and horticultural team. In 2011, Jepson received a Sea Turtle Champions Award for his outstanding contributions to conservation. Congratulations, Jepson!


Dr. Jim Richardson, Director Emeritus and Project Advisor

Jim is the father of the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project; along with John Fuller of Antigua, he initiated the project in 1986. Jim also serves as the director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative Research and Education Program at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, and the scientific director of the Little Cumberland Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Research Project. Jim received his PhD in Zoology from the Institute of Ecology in 1982. He has served on numerous boards, panels and advisory committees on worldwide and regional sea turtle conservation issues. His research interests include population ecology and biology of loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles, ecology and population biology of long-lived organisms, barrier island ecosystems, restoration ecology of beach and dune systems, and sustainable utilization and ecology of tropical rainforests.


See past JBHP field directors.